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Wed. May 11, 2011 | Derek J. LaRiviere

Nature Coast football players TE Maxx Ruiz and RB Ike Bailey made their college plans official Monday.

Ruiz signed with Ave Maria University, an NAIA school located in in a small community east of Naples. Bailey is headed for ASA Junior College in New York City.

Last season, Bailey rushed for 1,331 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Sharks as their primary ball carrier, following in the footsteps of Division I running back Tevin Drake (Western Michigan). Ruiz led the team with 11 receptions for 161 yards and two touchdowns in a limited passing offense.

Nature Coast finished the 2010 season 5-5 and failed to reach the postseason for the first time in five years.

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